Worth a Shot

This flu shot might deserve double pay!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with The Loh Down on Science. Our bodies use immune cells to fight cancer. But sometimes, there aren’t enough of them to do the job. For cancer to slow down, immune cells need to flock around the tumors.

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What’s in a Name?

Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. However, for abstract art, maybe the meaning is in the name? Does the title of a piece influence how we feel

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Hiver Wins Fellowship

Hive writer Racine Rangel was recently awarded a Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI) Fellowship at UC Irvine! This fellowship helps graduate students learn valuable skills around online pedagogy and distance learning. Racine will be working with faculty throughout Biological Sciences to help enrich online learning for all future students here at UCI.

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Mushroom Thunder

Heard of magic mushrooms? Here’s some mushroom magic! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Japanese mushroom farmers know the sound of thunder means good luck! Why? Thunderstorms lead to bushels of mushrooms! Not just any ol’ rainstorm — specifically thunderstorms. Is this science, or superstition?

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Bearly Awake

Sleep long, stay STRONG?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Grizzly bears — “Sleeping Beauties” of the animal world!  They hibernate all winter with NO FOOD.  But come springtime, bears emerge from their dens, strong as ever. For we humans, however, even short bed rest

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Writer Awarded Fellowship

Chris Toh, Hive writer extraordinaire, was recently awarded the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI) Fellowship at UC Irvine. DTEI Fellows will work with faculty to develop online courses for the 2020-21 academic year. Chris will receive training from DTEI in fundamentals of pedagogy and remote learning as well

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Snack Scares

Are you a junk food junkie – literally?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Can’t get enough of those Twinkies? It might not JUST be about the fluffy cake and creamy filling. Eating junk food makes us crave even MORE snacks between meals! But WHY? 

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Password Patrol

Yikes…fxz4319ldos?  ANOTHER password to remember?!!? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.  Everything needs an online password these days!. Preferably a strong one, to ward off cyber criminals. But who’s to judge what makes a password STRONG?  Enter Steven Furnell from the University of Plymouth. He

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Spooky Snapshot

Was there life before Instagram?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. A century ago, Instagram filters didn’t exist. But artists created beautiful, black and white photographic images with an other-worldly effect. This mysterious technique, known as mordançage, makes the black parts of the picture billow

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The Terrible Tribbles

What IS the trouble with tribbles? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Tribbles — they multiply so fast that Captain Kirk was buried in them! But what’s worse? E. coli, responsible for food poisoning. It doubles every twenty minutes! One E. coli quickly becomes a

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